I used Caron Simply Soft worsted weight yarn for the body of the sweater and bits and pieces of yarn I had laying around for the embroidery.
Total Cost: $6.64
- Yarn: $4.64
- Buttons: $2
It was inspired by this cardigan I found on Pinterest:
The sweater itself came together very quickly, but I underestimated how long the embroidery would take and how little I would actually want to do it. I made my mom do all the French knots and sew on the buttons because I couldn't face it...thanks Mom!
This cardigan is by no means perfect. I think I picked up too many stitches around the neckline because it lies kind of weird. And I wouldn't mind if the sleeves were like an inch longer. And I suspect I made the waist too small but I'm not sure because it doesn't button because I made the buttonholes too big. When I tried to use satin stitch to make them smaller it just sort of made the front button band look sloppy. At least it looks good open.
I used little pearl buttons from Jo-Ann Fabrics. I think they give the cardigan a vintage feel.
I used two books to help me design this cardigan: Knitwear Design Workshop and Knitting Pattern Essentials. If anyone is interested in reading more about my experience drafting my own pattern I would be happy to write another more in-depth post about it. So leave me a comment or something.
This is my Turquoise Striped Dress. It's one of the very first things I ever made. (It's actually made pretty well except for the zipper, which is sort of a mess.) It is somehow appropriate for every occasion and looks good with all of my shoes. What else can a girl ask for in a dress?